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April 9, 2013

Sauceda, PN-G boys dominate 20-4A golf

WILDWOOD — On a day when Port Neches-Groves easily won a fourth consecutive District 20-4A boys golf championship at Wildwood Golf Club, the best story had to be Nederland’s multi-sport female star Felicia Sauceda.

Sauceda, whose practice time has been extremely limited due to the fact she was leading Nederland volleyball and soccer teams into the playoffs, added an 81 to an opening 79 for a 36-hole total of 160 to easily win medal honors. It was her third individual championship in four years, and her strong play led Nederland to its second consecutive district title.

“I’ve never been around an athlete like her and I don’t think many coaches have,” said Nederland coach Rob Long.“It’s amazing how she shows up, kicks tail and move on. I’ve been in it for 21 years and have never been around a golfer as good as she is. That she can do so well as a part-time player is remarkable.”

Sauceda, who also excels in the classroom as a a full academic scholarship to Lamar underscores, said she was pleased with her play and happy to win another district championship.

“I think I played pretty good, but there’s a lot of room for improvement,” she said.“It’s satisfying to win because I haven’t been able to play or practice as much as I need in order to be my best. I’ll be working hard on my game between now and regionals”

PN-G’s boys, meanwhile, posted a second consecutive 305 for a 610 total that enabled them to win by a whopping 46 shots. The big surprise, however, was that it was Nederland and not the Indians “B” team that grabbed the second regional berth.

With Michael Glover backing up his opening day 75 with another 75, the Bulldogs edged the Indians “B” team by one stroke with a 656 total. It’s the first time in four years that PN-G won’t be taking two full teams to regionals.

PN-G sophomore Braden Bailey fired a closing 73 for a 147 to win medal honors for the second year. He and Glover were locked in a tense battle for the top spot until Bailey picked up two shots with a birdie on the par 3, 15th. Ayear ago at Bayou Din, Bailey shot 146 to win medal honors.

The Indians, who are ranked No. 4 in the state among 4A schools, and have state championship aspirations, produced six of the tournament’s seven lowest scores. Supporting Bailey on the PN-G “A” teamwere Lonnie LaBove 75-151, Tyler Rawson 79-156 and Jarrod Brown 78-156. Rawson defeated Brown in a playoff for the fourth place medal.

Two players off the PN-G “B” team — sophomore Brandon Soileau and freshman Cameron Keith — claimed regional spots as individuals. Soileau finished sixth with 79-157 and Keith was seventh with 77-158.

Nederland’s girls won their team title by an even bigger margin than the PN-G boys. With Sauceda taking medal honors by 13 strokes, the Lady Bulldogs finished at 732. That was 68 shots better than PN-G.Other Nederland scores were Shelbi Vincent 88-174, Reid Whaley 91-190 and Reagan Bodin 105-208. Vincent took the third place medal, after beating LC-M’s Lauren Cox 85-174 and Lumberton’s Jesse Barton 79-174 in a playoff.

PN-G was paced by Blaire Brevell who rebounded from a first-day 90 for an 83-173 that earned her second place in medal play. Other PN-G scores were Oxserio Benites 99-183, Rallie Guidry 105-219 and Kayla Williams 110-225.

All of Tuesday’s winners move on to the 4A regional next Wednesday and Thursday at Raven’s Nest Golf Club in Huntsville. The PN-G boys are the defending regional champions, having come from behind to beat Huntsville last year.

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